Missing from yesterday’s post on the Emmys were the nods to documentary films, specifically that Firelight Media’s gripping two-hour documentary Freedom Riders was nominated in three categories.
Freedom Riders focuses on a 1961 civil rights effort that led more than 400 black and white Americans to risk their lives – with many enduring savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
The film, which was well-received on the film festival circuit and subsequently aired on PBS’ American Experience, garnered Emmy nominations for Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming, Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking, and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.
Freedom Riders is directed by Stanely Nelson, produced by Laurens Grant, and edited by Lewis Erskine and Aljernon Tunsil.
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